Lebanese Prime Minister Steps In to Overrule Ban on 'The Post'

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The first movie ever where famed actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks appear together might not show in Lebanon, due to connections to Israel of director Steven Spielberg's alleged by Lebanese authorities.

The security body had on Monday announced it was banning the Hollywood thriller to comply with an Arab League boycott targeting supporters of Israel.

The decision was made entirely on the basis of Spielberg's interactions with Israel, Hanoun said.

General Security - in addition to controlling Lebanon's borders - is responsible for censoring films, plays, and books.

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The film was scheduled to be released on January 18 in Lebanon, which is technically at war with Israel. He said that that they are still waiting to get final clearance for "The Post" release. The matter has now been transferred to Lebanon's Minister of Interior and Municipalities, who could still overturn the decision.

The movie had been transferred to censorship commission who reportedly sent a recommendation to the minister of interior with the recommendation that the film be banned, citing a "boycott Israel" list that included Spielberg following his Oscar-winning Holocaust film Schindler's List (scenes of which were shot in Jerusalem). Over the last three years, at least five movies he either directed or produced have been approved for distribution in Lebanon, including such global hits as BFG and Bridge of Spies. Jungle isn't an Israeli movie, but it does star Daniel Radcliffe portraying the real-life story of Yossi Ghinsberg, an Israeli tourist who was lost in the Amazon jungle for several weeks in 1981 and survived despite overwhelming odds. Previous year they banned "Wonder Woman" actress Gal Gadot, who is from Israel and also served in the Israeli military.

Set in the early 1970s, The Post centers on the journalists of the Washington Post and the New York Times who uncovered the Pentagon Papers, secret documents that revealed information about the USA government's involvement in the Vietnam War.

U.S. film director Steven Spielberg poses on the red carpet on arrival for the European Premiere of his film, "The Post" in London on January 10, 2018.

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